Chasing Time: Relationships

The rela­tion­ships we have, or lack there­of, are impact­ed by our time man­age­ment. We can chase time and ignore those rela­tion­ships or we can build rela­tion­ships and man­age our time to help us do so. Ecclesiastes main mes­sage is that we can chase after a lot of things and even accom­plish them all, great and small but in the end, it is our rela­tion­ship with God and oth­ers that mat­ters. When we spend all our time chas­ing after things, we can end up all alone, mis­er­able, and with­out God. We need to man­age our time to ensure that we build our rela­tion­ships.

And now, the ser­mon notes:

Ecc 4:7–12 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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main pas­sage for ser­mon.

We often com­pare our­selves with oth­ers. This leads us to want­i­ng more and we end up in an end­less race, an unat­tain­able dream We chase those dreams and nev­er find con­tent­ment. This is espe­cial­ly true in rela­tion­ships.

First, are you con­tent with your­self or do you see your­self neg­a­tive­ly. A crum­pled up, stomped on ten dol­lar bill still has the same val­ue as a crisp clean ten dol­lar bill. In the same way our lives have the same val­ue that God put on it in the begin­ning. We need to acknowl­edge that val­ue, not deval­ue our­selves.

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. We can not love oth­ers if we can not love our­selves (in a healthy way). And we must be con­sis­tent in our dai­ly lives. We need to be hap­py with our­selves and stop try­ing to be some­one else. Ask God to reveal our­selves as He sees us and write them down. Ask God to help us live as He sees us.

Then we need to start build­ing on our rela­tion­ships. Slow down and enjoy our rela­tion­ships. Live like a human and not like a lab rat in a maze chas­ing the cheese. Love your neigh­bor. Learn how to invest in oth­ers. Be real. Take time to be with oth­ers. Doing life togeth­er.

Ok, I am a bit mad at myself because I for­got to take a pic­ture of the plat­form Sunday. It had a cof­fin on it! No, we didn’t have a real funer­al. We had a fake one where the poor dead guy, “Pat,” had no real friends and only one fam­i­ly mem­ber who talked about choco­late bars. He was remem­bered first and fore­most for being the first to work and the last to leave. He was a busy guy. But no friends. Pastor Jeff was dressed up in what many of us would think of as a mortician’s suit, long black jack­et with like 5 but­tons, black pants, and a black shirt. He kind of cleans up well  🙂

The point was obvi­ous, at the end of our lives, how will we be remem­bered and by whom. The impact we have on work has no last­ing effect. The impact we have on the lives of oth­ers does. So chas­ing after things is like chas­ing soap bub­bles, the sec­ond we attain them, they pop and noth­ing is left. When we build up rela­tion­ships, they can affect oth­ers well beyond our short time here on earth. It can impact other’s lives for eter­ni­ty.

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